Navajo Silver Box with Zuni Inlay Rainbow Man and White Shell Background
Artist: Lambert Homer Jr.
Dimensions: 7 1/2”L x 5 3/8”W x 2 3/4”H
Price: Not For Sale
As seen in the Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes book (Page 100 & 101)
Traders would often compete with each other, encouraging Native artisans to create masterworks that could be judged at the early Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. At the 1954 Ceremonial, 105 artists working with C. G. Wallace were awarded ribbons for their work in various categories. To show his appreciation, Wallace hosted a congratulatory dinner for the artists at the Kiva Cafe in Albuquerque. The oldest in attendance was centenarian Zuni potter Siutsa (Tsayutitsa), and the youngest was the fifteen-year-old Lambert Homer Jr. The silverwork on this box has been attributed to Navajo smith Roger Skeet.